Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William G. Pendleton, 7 July 1820

To William G. Pendleton

Monticello July1 7. 20.


Will you have the goodness to order me a copy of a patent to Peter Jefferson for 400. acres of land in Albemarle dated Aug. 16. 1756. and described probably as on the waters of Carroll’s creek? I presume your office to be the depository of the antient patents, and therefore take the liberty of addressing the request to you. the fee will be paid on presenting this letter to my correspondent mr Gibson, or on notifying it to myself, or to the Collector as you please. Accept the assurance of my esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Daniel Call to TJ, 18 May 1820; at foot of text: “W. G. Pendleton esq. Register of the land office”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 7 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

William Garland Pendleton (1788–1839), attorney and public official, was probably a native of Amherst County. By 1810 he had moved to Richmond, where he served as register of the Virginia Land Office, 1814–23, as clerk of the local chancery court, 1828–31, and as one of the commissioners of the Superior Court of Law and Chancery in 1832. Pendleton was also proctor of the University of Virginia, 1832–36. The owner of five slaves in 1820 and nine a decade later, he relocated late in life to Lynchburg, where he died (Joseph Saxton Pendleton’s 1935 membership application in Sons of the American Revolution archive, Louisville, Ky.; Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Some Prominent Virginia Families [1907], 4:278–9; JSV description begins Journal of the Senate of Virginia description ends [1814–15 sess.], 5–6 [15 Oct. 1814]; [1818–19 sess.], 43 [5 Jan. 1819]; [1821–22 sess.], 45–6 [11 Jan. 1822]; JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia description ends [1816–17 sess.], 136 [7 Jan. 1817]; [1820–21 sess.], 117 [15 Jan. 1821]; Richmond Enquirer, 8 Apr. 1828, 6 May 1831, 11 Sept. 1832; DNA: RG 29, CS, Richmond, 1810–30; A Sketch of the History of the University of Virginia together with a Catalogue [1859], 13; Lynchburg Virginian, 4 Feb. 1839; gravestone inscription in Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg).

James Gibbon was the collector at Richmond.

1Word interlined in place of “June” after removal from polygraph, with missing RC left uncorrected (see Pendleton to TJ, 11 July 1820).

Index Entries

  • Gibbon, James; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Peter (TJ’s father); land grants to search
  • Pendleton, William Garland; and patent for Pouncey’s tract search
  • Pendleton, William Garland; identified search
  • Pendleton, William Garland; letter to search
  • Pouncey’s tract (TJ’s Albemarle Co. property) search
  • Virginia; land grants in search
  • Virginia; Land Office search